Charles Hazlewood brings his mesmerising project celebrating the life of David Bowie out on tour this December.

Transport Brighton/Eastbourne/Bexhill


Southern Rail strike is taking place on 14 December. But please don’t worry there are other options of making your way here and back for this amazing event!

We have arranged a minibus to pick up and return at the following times:

Pickup 17.30

Brighton (Rear entrance drop off point Brighton station) 17.30

Eastbourne (Drop off point front of Eastbourne station) at 18.30

Return 21.45

Via Eastbourne & Brighton Station.

Company is 247 from Hastings.

Timings for the show have been confirmed as:

Doors: 7pm

• Philip Glass Symphony no.1 (Low Symphony) 7.30pm

• Interval 8.15pm

• Philip Glass Symphony no.4 (Heroes Symphony) 8.30pm

• Close 9.30pm approx.

Plan your journey

There is plenty of free parking along the seafront and some welcoming and good value B&Bs and boutique hotels in Bexhill if you wanted to make the most of your visit here. See our suggestions below in the ‘staying locally’ tab.

There is also the option to get a Taxi. 247 offer saloon taxi from Brighton for £50 and 8 seater for £80. Gather your friends and family and split the cost!

Other taxi firms who take bookings:

Phoenix Taxis – 01424 466466

There is also the option of getting a bus.

Brighton & Hove operate buses six times an hour on Mondays to Saturdays between Brighton and Eastbourne. Services are 12/12A/12X. Brighton & Hove’s website is:

Stagecoach operate every 20 minutes between Eastbourne and Bexhill on Mondays to Saturdays as service 99.

Eastbourne, Terminus Road, (the western end of Arndale Centre) is the appropriate point to change buses and there is a bus stop right outside the Pavilion.

You can check times here:

Eastbourne > Bexhill

Bexhill > Eastbourne

Services may be delayed due to congestion so please allow plenty of time for your journey.

A Celebration of David Bowie
Philip Glass: Heroes Symphony / Low Symphony

Following his critically acclaimed headlining appearance at Glastonbury Festival 2016 performing to over 20,000 people, Charles Hazlewood conducts Army of Generals and members of the British Paraorchestra

Listen to Charles Hazlewood talking about the event on BBC Radio 6.

The British Paraorchestra (BPO) is the world’s first professional ensemble of disabled musicians, founded by Charles Hazlewood and television director, Claire Whalley in November 2011. Following their world debut at the Paralympic Closing Ceremony in 2012 alongside Coldplay, the BPO is pioneering a global movement to recognise and showcase disabled musicians with extraordinary abilities.

Few can argue that two of Bowie’s finest moments were his Heroes and Low albums. It therefore feels totally appropriate to plunge deep back into his back catalogue and present these two albums, re-expressed and reasserted by the great Philip Glass, an artist whom Bowie cited as a massive influence on his own work.

The Heroes symphony (composed 1996) and Low symphony (1992) both use key elements key elements from Bowie (and Eno’s) seminal albums from the mid 70s. During that period David and Brian were attempting to extend the normal definition of pop and rock and roll. In a series of innovative recordings in which influences of world music, experimental ‘avant-garde’ are felt, they were re-defining the language of music in ways that can be heard even today. Glass achieved something of a real collaboration between his music and theirs, treating the themes of the albums very much as if they were his own and allowing their transformations to follow his own compositional technique.

This intense yet celebratory symphonic journey, conducted by the award winning Charles Hazlewood with a 42-piece orchestra, takes the musical essence of Bowie’s Heroes and Low albums and re-expresses them through Glass’s un-mistakable and hypnotic brand of alchemy to produce a night of reflection and wonder.

The Paraorchestra and Friends is grateful to Hauser & Wirth Somerset for sponsoring this project.

Charles Hazlewood

Award-winning British conductor Charles Hazlewood occupies a unique position in the musical world. He is the Artistic Director of the British Paraorchestra, regularly conducts many of the world’s greatest orchestras, and collaborates with a huge spectrum of fellow artists from Professor Green to Steve Reich to Nigel Kennedy to Goldie. His fresh performances of music cross genres, break new ground and excite audiences wherever he performs, but his goal is always the same: exposing the deep, always-modern joy of orchestral music.

About Army of Generals

Comprising some of Britain’s finest instrumentalists this orchestra was created by Charles Hazlewood to record with him and feature in his many landmark tv films on music, as well as his Sony Award-winning radio 2 & 3 shows. Army of Generals continue to be a cornerstone of many of Hazlewood’s projects. Combining deep-tissue musical exploration and breakneck virtuosity, Army of Generals pride themselves on taking their audience right to the heart of great music.

About the British Paraorchestra

The British Paraorchestra is the world’s first, large-scale professional ensemble for musicians with disabilities, founded by British conductor Charles Hazlewood in 2012. Just as the Paralympics have achieved so effectively in sport, the British Paraorchestra has shifted perceptions of disability and disabled people by creating a visible platform for gifted disabled musicians to perform and excel at the highest level. The group debuted at the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony.

The Paraorchestra and Friends is a registered charity based in Bristol that aims to further the aims of the British Paraorchestra through an array of ground-breaking musical projects. The charity has a new home in At-Bristol, whose vision of a closely connected culture of arts and science chimes with the Paraorchestra’s mission to push creative boundaries and seek out diverse collaborations.
Supported by Arts Council England

Booking information

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:
Online: £1.25 per ticket + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
Telephone: £2.50 per transaction + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
In Person: Free

Please note that we are only able to post tickets within the UK. If you live overseas please select box office collection or print at home tickets. Tickets purchased for post will be send 10 – 14 days before the show date.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following :

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
    Visit for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 8pm. After this time parking is free. There is also lmiited free car parking along the seafront.

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on 01424 229 111 to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.